I must admit that I don't know how to take the Ta-Ta Top, a recent development in beachwear; will it explode into next year's must have swimwear for the daring innovators or just a failed novelty?
It was first mentioned in the context of a sorority girl at Belmont College in Nashville posting a picture of herself wearing a nipple-printed bikini top and getting into trouble with Phi Mu, her sorority; and refusing to take down the offensive picture. She definitely defined herself as a woman of strong opinions; one of which is to free the ta-tas! She resigned from the sorority instead.
The whole thing sounds like a staged attention-getting ploy. I am somewhat sympathetic to the whole Topfree Movement; but think that a gradualist approach to minor cultural change such as women's swimwear is better, considering the collateral effects that it would have at this stage. Let's face it: a beach or swimming pool is a site frequented by people of different ages and sensibilities. They come to swim and to relax, not to be challenged or offended. I think that a caring person should comport herself (or himself!) in a way that is expected, and inoffensive to people whose space is being shared. In short, don't wear or do anything that will cause people to vacate the beach.
Appropriate swimwear is context-appropriate. What may be okay on South Beach or the Gulf Coast might not be appropriate at the Y.M.C.A. pool or in some states.
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